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Legislative Update: Contact Your Members of Congress This Summer
Professional Enrichment Brought to You This Fall by NTEN—Online
Need $10,000 for Your Science Classroom? Try the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Teachers Program
Calling the Best and Brightest in Science Education to Minneapolis—for NSTA’s First Fall ’03 Convention!
Keep Those News Clips Coming!    

Legislative Update: Contact Your Members of Congress This Summer

Congress has adjourned for the month of August and will remain out until after Labor Day. Now is an excellent time for teachers to call, write, e-mail, or visit their elected representatives IN THEIR DISTRICT OR STATE OFFICE(S)—especially Senators because the Senate vote on education appropriations is expected in early September. Science teachers should ask their Senators to support the highest possible funding levels for the Math and Science Partnership program in S. 1364, the appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. For more information, talking points, and tips from the NSTA Legislative Handbook, click on this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update. http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_08_11_extra.htm

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Professional Enrichment Brought to You This Fall by NTEN—Online

Openings are still available—but filling fast—for many of the fall online courses being presented by the National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN), particularly for elementary courses being piloted for the second time and offered FREE. Astronomy courses for secondary teachers are being offered for a reduced fee, thanks to funding from NASA, and many courses carry extra discounts for NSTA members. For descriptions of the full slate of K–12 courses offered in Earth Science; Education, Curriculum & Instruction; Physics; Biology; Entomology; Human Development/Food and Nutrition; and Land Resources and Environmental Science, go to  http://www.scienceteacher.org/courses.htm.  Registration deadlines for courses are coming up on Sept. 1 and Oct. 8, so don’t wait.

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Need $10,000 for Your Science Classroom? Try the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Teachers Program

If you have a great way to make science come alive, apply for a Toyota TAPESTRY grant. Now’s the time to start thinking about submitting a proposal for the 2004 Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Teachers program, which is administered by NSTA. Fifty teachers will be awarded large grants of up to $10,000, and at least 20 will receive mini-grants of up to $2,500. K–12 teachers should propose innovative science projects in one of three categories: Literacy and Science Education, Environmental Science, and Physical Science Applications. Projects should demonstrate creativity, model a novel way of presenting science, and be implemented in your school or school district over a one-year period. Deadline for entries is January 16, 2004.

For general information, tips on applying, or examples of winning projects, visit http://www.nsta.org/programs/tapestry. To download the application or to request that a copy of the entry materials to be sent to you, go to http://www.nsta.org/programs/tapestry/howtoapply.asp. If you have questions about the program, e-mail tapestry@nsta.org.

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Calling the Best and Brightest in Science Education to Minneapolis—for NSTA’s First Fall ’03 Convention!

Join us “Where Great Things Begin” for NSTA’s Area Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Oct. 30–Nov. 1. You’ll take part in an exciting program of professional development workshops and presentations, exhibits, guest speakers, and experts from NASA, academia, and the teaching profession who’ve found solutions to challenges just like the ones you face every day. Program strands—Assessment for Standards-Based Systems; Enhancing Teaching and Learning; Science, Technology, and Society; and Teacher as Learner and Professional—link a wide selection of informational events.

From opening sessions on “Falling into Inquiry” or “Cars, Polymers, and Science Labs—Using Everyday Items to Hook Kids on Science,” and others—to closing-day workshops such as “Impact on Teaching: Graduate Course Session”—you’ll choose from content-rich short courses and sessions sure to provide you with important tools to enhance your day-to-day teaching activities. Browse the three-day Minneapolis agenda (or those of our other fall conventions in Kansas City, Missouri, and Reno, Nevada) by clicking on http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2003MIN. Register now for best earlybird prices at https://ecommerce.nsta.org/2003MIN. And check out NSTA’s suggestions for funding your Minneapolis NSTA learning experience at http://www.nsta.org/convtips.

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Keep Those News Clips Coming!

Thanks to all of you who sent news articles about science education to the NSTA Media Relations Department. We received several great articles, including one from a teacher in Houston whose outstanding elementary science club was featured. We’re thrilled to see that science education is making headlines in so many communities. Please encourage your local news outlets to keep writing science education stories, and keep the clips coming to us at Carla.daniels@nsta.org.

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